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“Well located budget hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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Islazul Hotel Lido
Consulado 210e | Animas y Trocadero, Havana, Cuba   |  
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Ranked #56 of 75 hotels in Havana
Sydney
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Well located budget hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2010

I stayed at the Lido twice in November 2009. It is a good budget hotel, and I think its best selling point is its location. It is within the cheaper area of Centro Havana, however only one block back from the Prado and the entry to Habana Vieja (old Havana)

Both rooms were clean; however the first room had a broken air conditioner, and don't expect to get hot water - its really the luck of the draw. I had cold water all five nights, though my husband said he got warmish water a few mornings.

Breakfast was included and fairly good; book early because it is often booked out.

If you are desperate for hot water a safer bet would be a casa particular, but if ou don't mind that it has a lot of other things to offer (the 24 gour bar downstairs is a bonus, and the dinner from the restaurant on 5th floor was good - fish is usually a good bet in Cuba)

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

The hotel is in a very run down area and some of the rooms are just awful. We asked to be moved and the second room was much better altough the " dressing table" collapsed onto then shin of OH badly bruisng it.

The lobby bar is friendly and welcoming and the rooftop bar where breakfast is served is quite nice and the views are great.

Generally the property is very poorly maintained. although the area is run down we did not feel theeatened and it was nice to be able to walk to all the major sights inthe city

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2009

We found the hotel Lido after trying the other rather more upmarket hotels
on the square, such as the Telegrafano and the Plaza.
We soon found that our price range was firmly in the Lido class at $36.
It is only one street behind the Prado and is a fantastic location.
If you have read the previous reviews i can't argue with any of the comments.
My wife and i had room 414 after a climb, ( lift out of operation) it was just as we expected
for the price. The room itself was tiny and the airconditioning unit hummed along
merrily but did absolutlely nothing. The sheets were clean however.
My wife attempted to wash her hair and the cold water stopped after five minutes so
she just laughed and tied it back before going out for the evening.
We have been fortunate to travel round the world on a budget and expect the unexpected.
We have had a "room" in Langkawi on the beach that was constructed from old
kitchen worktops and looked like an igloo, thats the type of accomodation for fun.
So for my wife and i the hotel Lido was like an old friend, a tired old friend but a welcome one. The next morning it was my turn to have no water so we had a slow breakfast
and after that the water was back on, cold anyway.
Take the horse and carriage tour from the guys hanging around at the end of the Prado.
It's not a rip off and for 20 CUC these guys are really informative and give you the same
as the walking tour in the Lonely Planet.
If you want cheap eats go to the opposite side of the Capitol building and there you will
find a meal for 10 CUC.
You may sense this is a negative review but it's not. As other people have commented,
get out into Havana and enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2009

big room on to a small balcony (doors very high a trick to opening the doors) room 401.
cafateria served a very nice breakfast (very attentive staff) hotel is very near the capitol building be warned 24 hour partys about so be very tired when you want to sleep.
great central spot very good price euro $19 top staff just a bit noisy if you plan to sleep before the early hours

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2008

We booked the Lido online. We could have booked other hotels in the $100 range but we decided to take the chance since it is cheap in a good location. Plus, the reviews weren't totally awful. The Lido is only a few blocks away from the Capitolio and Parque Central on a side street (which is rundown but not as scary as first appears.) When we arrived at the Lido we were so tired that the constant noise, smells, and awful bathroom were not enough to send us away. Then we looked inside the sheets. Bedbugs everywhere. Don't be tempted by the cheap price and location.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Insects, insects, everywhere...
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Quinte West
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5 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2008

The Lido is cheap...you can see much nicer hotels from your room, but for the money it can't be beat. I paid about $39.00CDN (online booking) but could have done better if I had called the Hotel and booked. The staff are friendly and helpful, english is basic; much better than my Spanish. Basic breakfast is included...the coffee is good; avoid the milk, unless you like canned. the toast is stone cold and the restaurant can be very breazy in the morning. There are lots of people just staying one or two nights, so the breakfast crowd is always changing. The location is one block off the Prada, and the street is very noisy; The girl across the street still practices her sax at night; a real bonus. The rooms facing the street are decent, not big, the AC is noisy; but not required in Jan/Feb; THE HOT WATER: comes from the roof, if it was sunny yesterday, and your up early..lots of hot water The hotel is centrally located, everything is within walking distance. The street is a real adventure, Cubans are curious, but harmless; and display basic humanity that has gone missing from Norh American Culture. There is a cop on every second corner, and they make sure nobody bothers the touristas. Don't discuss politics unless you want to meet cops...Old Havana is being rebuilt..go now while its cheap, Central Havana is broken... Miramar is fine but expensive.
Enjoy Cuba now, Fidel is old, and change is inevitable.

  • Liked — CHEAP...cental location, a cultural emersion
  • Disliked — noisy street, exhaust smells
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2008

We were put here because the hotel booked for the start of our tour - The Telegrafo - was double booked. The Lido was very basic and we had an interesting group of insects in our bathroom. They had made their home in the rotten wood of the door frame, so at least they were happy. The room was small and no frills at all. It was fortunate that we stayed there on our first night in Cuba - we were so exhausted that we would have slept through virtually anything. As there was no glass in one of the openings in the room, we would have been kept awake by the sound of dogs, babies and various other inner-city noises. The shower would not stop after being turned on. Despite repeated requests for the hotel staff to fix it, it was still going when we left the next day. Maybe it was because this happened on a Sunday.

Breakfast could be a highlight if you are not keen on eating much in the morning, as it is taken on the 'roof terrace' overlooking Havana. However, the view is not the best in the city.

The Lido is not too far from the centre of Havana and could be a viable option for those not looking for too much from a hotel.

Personally, we were extremely glad to be leaving, but this may have been because we had been expecting a 4-star hotel and ended up in a budget one!

  • Liked — Saved having to sleep on the street
  • Disliked — Noisy, unclean, depressing
  • Stayed February 2008
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Consulado 210e | Animas y Trocadero, Havana, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Havana
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Ranked #56 of 75 hotels in Havana
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Also Known As:
Islazul Hotel Havana

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